Heading into the Cleveland Browns' week 11 bye week, Johnny Manziel's NFL prospects appeared to have taken a turn for the better when the franchise announced he would be the starting quarterback for the remainder of the season.
Unfortunately, as has so often been the case in the young QB's career, that step forward appears to have been followed by a potentially big step back.
That's after a compromising video apparently showing Manziel partying during his weekend off surfaced online yesterday. And, speaking this afternoon, Browns coach Mike Pettine was far from impressed.
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Pettine told reporters, via ESPN, that he the situation was "disappointing. Very," before adding that he couldn't confirm Manziel would start Cleveland's Monday night game against the Ravens.
"I want to sit down and discuss it before I do a knee jerk and go off on a tangent," continued Pettine.
The supposed 'incriminating evidence' that could see Manziel lose his starting job came in the form of a video uploaded to social media by an Austin DJ. He has since deleted it, but the footage remains.
Considering Manziel's previous with alcohol - he spent time in rehab over the offseason after a rookie season overshadowed by partying - the video is more damning than it would be for most other NFL players.
Considering the huge opportunity handed to him by the Browns, you would think Manziel would have thought it sensible to spend a quiet week away from any situations that could provoke unwanted headlines. After all, his last bye week escapades didn't exactly end well.
Still, it is hardly the most damning of videos and, unless Pettine discovers there is more to the story than first appears, it would perhaps be harsh for Manziel to lose his chance as a starter because of it.
The player, for his part, admitted last night that he had been in Texas on Thursday and Friday but said he had not seen the social media posts so would not be commenting on them.
Browns fans: Would you still start Manziel, or does he deserve punishment? Have your say in the comments below...